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2015 April 3.5km handicap results

Results can be downloaded from the foot of this page.



with Vic Anderson

There were 36 starters and 6 personal bests.

With any of our regular monthly club events, the setup activity starts at 6:00am. Well, at 6:00 last Saturday the heavens literally opened and the rain came down. You would not have known that an hour later the rain would be gone and our competitors would have a ‘dry’ run. Numbers were significantly down on recent months (in the 60s recently) and our lowest start number in at least 3 years. Was it the rain? (I’ll stay here in bed!). School holidays? Canberra events? We do know a few of our regulars were in Canberra and did very well.

First home was Maurice Moro, continuing his comeback from previous injury woes. True to his great competitive spirit, he gave it his all to smash what could be considered a generous handicap given his achievements of the past. Way to go Maurice. Gold stars for effort mate. Too good, but no trophy.

Next home was Gretta Habib pushing her double stroller. Gretta returned to the handicap last month after the birth of number two. Gretta also broke the 30:00 minute threshold with her pb effort with a watch time of 24:45, breaking by 3 secs her previous best set in March’14 when the stroller was a single. Another excellent effort. Big well done Gretta.

Then came our trophy winner, Di Hillsdon in the time of 21:51. This was Di’s best time since August’14. Congratulations Di.

Di headed in a group of 5 in 5 secs, winning by 1 sec from Sue Chenery. Officially 2nd . Sue’s watch time of 16:37 was her second fastest time on this course; the quickest ran 6 months ago in November.

And 3rd was Norm Cooper, so just beating Raff Aquilina by a few hundredths of a second. Norm’s time of 22:30 was his best run since last October. Raff in 15:45 ran a pb bettering her 15:53 of last November.

Raff caught her mate Gina Jessop on the line. Gina ran her best time, 16:01, since last August.

We then had a few seconds gap before another 5 home in 5 seconds.

Ann Eckert ran a pb 19:03 with a 15 second improvement on her time, also last August.

Reg Sexton in 31:54 was next; he has only ever bettered this time once previously, in last September’s Best of the Best.

Chiara Moro ran 23:56 taking 10 secs off her pb set in January.

Ian Forest-Jones ko’d 18 secs off last month’s pb getting home in 16:47.

And Lisa Sommer continued her consistency and took another 2 secs off her pb to finish in 19:38.

And a special mention. Leah Mudie, 14 years young, was to run her first half marathon with mum in Canberra the next day. Leah ran the handicap in 17:59, her best time since her pb last September, and beat mum. Great spirit Leah. Love the energy!


Again, for a little while we had a very congested finish line with all this great running. Well done to everyone that competed. There were no incidents reported re traffic congestion on course, so well done all!

Fastest on the day: Neil Saltmarsh 14:04, Stephanie Bilic 14:40 and Nathan Mudie 15:22. and Raff Aquilina 15:45.


The leaders of the progressive point-scores are as follows:

Handicap
Sandra Riches 559 Raffaela Aquilina 556 Christine Burke 545 and Lisa Sommer 540

Fastest Female
Stephanie Bilic 60 Raff Aquilina 54 Gina Jessop 49

Fastest Male:
Neil Saltmarsh 59 Nathan Mudie 52 Corey Sommer 30 Bill Jessop 28 Mohammad Balfour 28 Toan Truong 28 and Jack Wedgwood 27 … close, a real race for 3rd.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Thank you always to all the helpers on start/finish, water, sticks, photos and everything else. The handicaps wouldn’t happen without the ‘team Westies’ support.

Lucky stick draw was won by #1 Owen Forest-Jones (who opted for cap & socks); the lucky ticket by Zenita Acaba.
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